After a five year project studying the DNA obtained from 100 samples which may have come from Bigfoot, veterinarian Melba S. Ketchum believes that she has found evidence which suggests that the mythical cryptid exists.
At team of researchers at DNA Diagnostics in Nacogdoches, Texas, under Ketchum's direction, believes that Bigfoot may be a human relative which developed over 15,000 years ago as a hybrid between humans and an unknown primate, states a story published by the Huffington Post on November 30.
Ketchum's research suggests that Bigfoot is descended from the impregnation of a female human by an unidentified primate. The team claims to have discovered three nuclear genomes belonging to the creature known as Sasquatch or Bigfoot. The research team was comprised of experts in the fields of genetics, forensics, pathology, and other related disciplines.
While this is encouraging news for Bigfoot believers, Ketchum's study raises many questions. Under what circumstances would a primate impregnate a human female? Was this hybrid the result of a chance encounter, or a planned "experiment"?
Journal of the Bizarre's own Marlin Bressi believes that he knows the answer. In his forthcoming e-book, In Pursuit of Horned Giants, the author chronicles his investigation into the "Horned Giants of Pennsylvania"- skeletons of humans who stood over 7 feet tall which were found along the Susquehanna River in the town of
Bressi believes that there is a link between the Susquehannock tribe and Sasquatch- a link, claimed in his book, that goes back 15,000 years- and extends across the
According to his book, the author believes that Bigfoot migrated to
The author states that Susquehannock war shields may have also payed homage to their ape-like ancestors. "There have been Susquehannock war-shields found which have been decorated with depictions of ape-like creatures," explains Bressi. "Since monkeys aren't indigenous to
The Susquehannocks were a mysterious tribe, having gone extinct in the 18th century, but Bressi believes that Native American language may hold clues to solving the mystery of Bigfoot. "The word sasquatch is derived from sesquac, or "wild man" in the Salish tongue of the Pacific Northwest and
So how did the word Sasquatch enter the vocabulary? In his book, Bressi states that the word wasn't even coined until the 1920s, when it was used by a Canadian newspaper reporter named J.W. Burns. "Burns is the first person to use the word sasquatch in print," he says. "My guess is that when the French explorer Etienne Brule explored Pennsylvania in 1605, he encountered the Sasquesahanough and brought the word back to Canada in the 17th century, where it was later adopted by the Salish, who used it to refer to Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest. Since the Salish language developed independently from other native languages, the word had to have been introduced to them by someone else."
Pennsylvania has a rich history of Bigfoot sightings, dating back hundreds of years. "Historically,
Ohio, another state with historically high numbers of Bigfoot sightings, also plays a prominent role in In Pursuit of Horned Giants. In 1800, an early settler of
The author believes that the Bigfoot of the Pacific Northwest migrated from the East Coast, after arriving from the British Isles via an ice bridge: "An ancient race of giants arrived in
Not surprisingly, In Pursuit of Horned Giants implies that the
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